Month: October 2015


Are you brave enough to pay us a visit?

From 24 October, the historic Red Lion Yard in the heart of Colchester, gets an amazing spooktacular Halloween makeover with witches that cackle and glow; giant spiders spinning their webs, just waiting to pounce on the unwary visitor; and scary creatures crawling out of the sewers. And, watch out for the ghostly apparitions and spooky sounds.   Are you brave enough to pay us a visit?

It’s all alongside {Colchester Presents} Light & Shade – the Halloween event taking place across Colchester town Centre.

AND, on Halloween itself (Saturday 31 October), Red Lion Yard will host scary storytelling, making even the most courageous kids shiver; frightening face painting and trick or treating for the kids – all FREE. PLUS, the ghostly monk – who tradition has it haunts the Red Lion Hotel – will be a little less elusive than usual, roaming Red Lion Yard and Lion Walk posing for photos with those who dare!

The scary storytelling is organised by Boots Optician in partnership with the National Literacy Trust. The programme encourages children to read for enjoyment but also sets out to raise awareness of the link between eye health and literacy. The storytelling will take place in unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard – which will be decked out with ghostly fog and scary music to set the mood. Reading sessions are held around 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

For even more Halloween fun on 31 of October in the same unit (or outside it if the weather allows), kids can get a new scary Halloween look with our FREE face painting, getting them ready for trick or treating around Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard. To take part in the Trick or Treating, all they have to do is to pick up a Trick or Treat bag from Unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard and visit participating retailers (those with a trick or treat poster in the window) to pick up a treat (or maybe get a trick played on them).

Peter Scopes Centre Manager at Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard said: “This year we are going all out to create an amazing Halloween experience for families to enjoy. Red Lion Yard will be completely transformed beyond anyone’s imagination and is definitely worth a visit – if you dare! So for a spooktacular Halloween and scarily good shopping come down to the centre and take part in everything we have going on. ”


Programme of Halloween fun:

24 Oct – 31 Oct: Red Lion Yard gets a spooky Halloween makeover

31 Oct:  Spooky storytelling in Red Lion Yard unit 8/9 around 12noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm.

31 Oct: FREE face painting also in unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard from 12noon to 4pm.

31 Oct: Trick or treat from 12noon, pick up your trick & treat bag from unit 8/9 Red Lion Yard and visit participating retailers to collect a treat.


For more details about {Colchester Presents} Light & Shade see:

You will find more details about National Literacy Trust and Boots Opticians partnership here:




94-year old war veteran Roy Welland together with Colchester’s Mayor Theresa Higgins will inaugurate the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal Shop in Red Lion Yard right in the heart of Colchester, at 2pm on Saturday 24 October. This is the fifth year that the pop-up shop has been located in Red Lion Yard and this year the organisation hopes to sell more then 14,000 poppies from the shop.

The Poppy Appeal Shop will be open daily from 9.30am to 4.00pm from Saturday to 11 November 2015. Money raised through the Poppy Appeal will go directly to the Royal British Legion’s welfare work, providing through-life care to previous and currently serving members of the British Armed Forces.

Peter Scopes Shopping Centre Manager Lion Walk Shopping Centre & Red Lion Yard said: “We are really pleased to have the Royal British Legion back at the centre. Like so many in Colchester we are always pleased to be given the opportunity to support the Royal British Legion’s work, and the poppy appeal. I have no doubt they will reach their 14,000 poppy target and hope we can all help them exceed it.”